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chris highland. shortly thereafter chris stevens sat down next to me. the three of us went to lunch afterwards and became friends from that day forward. chris never tried to be someone special but he was someone special. when we were at hastings his charm and wit were on display from the start. in class he was very articulate and seemed as later in life always very poised and well spoken and at ease. i think our professors loved him. he liked being a student, even studying at the national war college a few years ago. he always seemed to genuinely enjoying studying and debating and was immersed in classes and activities of the school. particularly the hastings law journal, where he became managing editor. he very much liked the art of argument and trial law. he used to go to the courts nearby to watch very high profile trials and legendary judges and litigators. while he spent lots of times on the hastings campus, whether in library or out on what is called the beach in front of the school, he also liked to get off-campus and would often go for a run across golden gate bridge or play
in history from the stevens family. i will never forget what a great experience it was to live with those two guys. moving on to his study habits, everyone knew how brilliant he was, an enlightened manner. he was truly the smartest man in the room but never comported himself that way. he was confident and outgoing. never arrogant. always self-effacing, quick with a laugh or grin. always looking for ways to learn something from everyone else around him. he was no surprise considering chris came from such good stock. chris studied western civilizations and immerses himselfs in cultures and languages and took multiple trips to study abroad in spain, italy, morocco. perhaps most importantly chris knew how to relax and enjoy the moment. when i would periodically freak out about my course work or some o ther problem i thought i had he would make me stop and take a break, play a game of back gammon on the balcony and enjoy the view. it was an early lesson in the zenlike mindfulness of chris. no wonder he exceled in such a challenging and stressful career. i don't want you to think chris was perfect.
ambassador stevens? special report, investigations, death and deceit in benghazi. from washington, d.c., here is bret baier. >> it looked like this election was all about the economy, but that changed when terrorists murdered four americans at the united states consulate in benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11. americans had questions. who did this and how? should our government have seen it coming? did president obama tried to hide the truth? is this a huge scandal that exposes a failed obama foreign policy? is mitt romney just saying it is. tonight we'll try to give you answers. we'll walk you step by step through the terror of that day and break down the political maneuvering that has followed. we begin with a series of frightening developments and troubling decisions leading up to that horrific night. it's a story you haven't heard. it's told by a man who tried to prevent what happened on september 11th, 2012. >> did you have a close relationship with the ambassador? >> i lived and worked with him for two months when he came on to the time i left, yeah. >> bret: no one understands more the
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on september 11th, 2012. >> did you have a close relationship with ambassador tore stevens? >> i worked with him for months from the time he went on there to the time he left. >> no one knows more the full extent of the fiasco that killed stevens. he worked closely with stevens for 6 months in libya before his violent death. a 24 year u.s. special forces veteran, wood's job was to try to prevent such an attack from occurring. >> does it make you mad? >> that was my first reaction when i heard ambassador stevens had been killed. i was angry. >> why did you come forward? >> i was had at the hub of everything going on there some of the information needs to come forward. >> we begin our story in the winter of 2011 a year before wood arrives in libya. colonel moammar khaddafy is in power in tripoli. they are gaining rocontrol over much of libya. february 25th the u.s. state department withdraws all of its personnel from the capital. but six weeks later april 5th, 2011, it sends stevens with a 12 man team by charter boat to benghazi now under rebel control. as special representative to the re
. christopher stevens is sent to benghazi. a car bomb explodes in front. hotel. stevens and his team decide it's too dangerous to stay there. in august they settle on a compound on the west side of the city. >> it was a rented from an owner who had a nice villa and several out buildings as. >> well andrew wood is a 24-year special forces veteran who worked on security for u.s. personnel in libya for six months before the september 11th 2012 benghazi attack. >> there is not a lot of security. it's not a fortress. >> inside the walls are four buildings, one is essentially a large residence with a number of bedrooms in it. another residence has a cantina where the staff eats. just across the way, they have a tactical operations center, filled with security staff, folks and security monitors. finally the barracks a small house by the main gate of the compound. it will house a libyan security force. >> many viewers who traveled around europe and asia probably think one of those heavily guarded fortresses where you go to get your visa. >> i think the corrected term was embassy property. it wasn't fo
mislead is offensive. >> could you protect ambassador stevens? >> announcer: "special report investigates: death & deceit in benghazi." from washington, d.c., here is bret baier. >> bret: it looked like this election was all about the economy. but that changed when terrorist murdered four americans at the united states consulate in benghazi, libya, on the anniversary of 9/11. americans had questions. who did this? how? should our government have seen it coming? did president obama try to hide the truth? is this a huge scand that exposes a failed obama foreign policy? or is mitt romney just saying it is? tonight, we'll try to give you answers. we'll walk you step by step through the terror that unfolded that day. we'll break down the political maneuvering that followed. but we begin with a series of frightening developments and troubling decisions leading up to the horrific night in benghazi. it's a story you haven't heard. told by a man who tried to prevent what happened. on september 11, 2012. >> did you a close relationship with ambassador stevens? >> i lived and worked wit
is offensive. >> would you have protected ambassador stevens? special report, investigations, death and deceit in benghazi. from washington, d.c., here is bret baier. >> it looked like this election was all about the economy, but that changed when terrorists murdered four americans at the united states consulate in benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11. americans had questions. who did this and how? should our government have seen it coming? did president obama tried to hide the truth? is this a huge scandal that exposes a failed obama foreign policy? is mitt romney just saying it is. tonight we'll try to give you answers. we'll walk you step by step through the terror of that day and break down the political maneuvering that has followed. we begin with a series of frightening developments and troubling decisions leading up to that horrific night. it's a story you haven't heard. it's told by a man who tried to prevent what happened on september 11th, 2012. >> did you have a close relationship with the ambassador? >> i lived and worked with him for two months when he came on to the time i left, y
with them 16 libyans and the brigade militia. some surround the compound, unable to find stevens. by 11:00 p.m. libyan forces can no longer hold the perimeter. >> attack was stow strong, we were calling for back-up. even the back-up didn't came. >> they carried stevens to the main gated. they head to the annex but almost immediately the crowd fires upon them and throws two grenades under the vehicle. they take direct fire from ak-47s. despite two flat tires they keep rolling. several blocks away they hit more traffic and a busy benghazi neighborhood. car careens over the middle divider and pushes forward and finally makes it to the annex and again hope for safety. midnight some two hours after the attack begin, a quick reaction force from embassy leaves for benghazi on a chartered aircraft. on that plane is former navy seal glen do her at this will be fending off highway heavy fire. the battle is on again. they are hitting with fire and rocket propelled grenades, forcing them to retreat further back. yet another call is made for military back-up. they say their requests is refused. special f
francisco's city hall for christopher stevens. he was the u.s. ambassador to libya killed with three other americans in that terror attack last month on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. stevens was 52 and leaves a wife and two children. bill whitaker is covering. ambassador stevens was remembered today by diplomats and dignitaries, politicians and friends, they gathered to commemorate him in the grand rotunda of san francisco city hall. >> our city will always remember ambassador stevens as a hero who served all americans. >> u.n. diplomat and visiting, c berkeley professor bartu worked closely with him through the libyan civil war and remembers him as a best friend and as a competent miss player. >> he would wear you down. >> always with pa smile on his face, that's how he did his diplomacy. >> and that is what made stevens a stabilizing force in and unsettled part of the world. >> so he wasn't the type of diplomat who stayed behind diplomatic walls. he got out among the people. >> that is true. he was very widely regarded. his family is being overwhelmed with expressions of condolence. >>
their respects to slain ambassador chris stevens. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, october 17, 2012. >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm vinita nair. the second presidential debate of campaign 2012 turned out to be a contentious political prize fight. after his passive performance in the first meeting, a clearly fired up president obama pressed the attack against mitt romney. but romney did not back down and the sparks flew. the candidates argued about everything from the economy to foreign affairs as the president worked to make up ground lost following their first meeting. randall pinkston is at the de/* debate site. >> reporter: the "new york times" headline this morning basically sums up what happened last night, rivals bring bare fists to rematch. from beginning to end the candidates clashed on almost everything and somehow managed to answer a few questions from the town hall audience. president obama and mitt romney wasted little time going after each other in the second debate. >> there were a whole bunch of oil companies. >> i had a question and how much -- >> you w
service tonight at san francisco's city hall for christopher stevens. he was the u.s. ambassador to libya killed with three other americans in that terror attack last month on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. stevens was 52 and leaves a wife and two children. bill whitaker is covering. >> reporter: u.n. diplomat and visiting u.c. berkeley professor peter bartu worked closely with christopher stevens through the libyan civil war. he remembers see the srebs as a best friend and a consummate tennis player. what kind of a tennis player was he? >> well, he was too competitive for my liking. he'd wear you down. always with a smile on his face. that's how he did his diplomacy. >> reporter: that, bartu says, is what made chris stevens a stabilizing force in an unsettled part of the world. >> people were candid with him and he was candid back. >> reporter: so he wasn't the type of diplomat who stayed behind diplomatic walls. he got out among the people? >> that's true. he was very widely regarded. i think the fayly's been overwhelmed with expressions of condolence. >> reporter: condolences from the
the benghazi terror attacks that led to four deaths including u.s. ambassador chris stevens gets seriously heated. chris stevens gets seriously heated. details next. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. debate day in america. vice president joe biden and republican rival paul ryan prepare to square off tonight in kentucky. new poll numbers show the current vp has his work cut out for him. according to a new survey from the pew center, just 39% of voters like biden, 44% like ryan. the winner of tonight's debate, 40% of voters say ryan will come out on top while 34% think biden will prevail. nbc news's tracie potts joins us. >>> the pressure is definitely on vice president biden to turn things around. he's got the experience on the debate stage to do so, but as you saw in those numbers, it looks like the public is betting more on paul ryan. ryan took a bit of an excursion yesterday while he was practicing in florida saying that the vice president will probably come at me like a cannonball but that the obama record, as ryan put it, is his akil lee's
ambassador chris stevens was in fact worried about security threats in the weeks before he and three others were killed on 9/11 of this year. we're live in banghazi, libya. greg, you delivered such a moving story last night in our special report about banghazi. tell us what's happening on the ground now there, please. >> yeah, thanks. it's been about 5 1/2 weeks on the attack in the u.s. mission which left ambassador stevens and three other americans dead. it's still a horrible place to see, and there's still more answers to be found out. we spent a good deal of time there in the past couple of days. the main residence is a burned-out shell. you can till smell the smoke from the diesel fuel fire set by the mob. you can still see the signs of desperation, blood spattered in a bathroom, handprints on a wall, the place ransacked. as to the answers to the remaining questions, a few possibilities. one eyewitness tells us that a mob marched to the compound the night of the attack, chanting bloodthirsty slogans before they attacked. that could be an explanation why we're hearing from other people
, a pro gadhafi facebook page mentioned his running habits and a picture of ambassador stevens. the posting directed a threat against stevens. issa says stevens stopped his morning runs for about a week and then resumed them. in june, an ied was successfully placed at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, blowing a hole in the security perimeter gate, big enough for 40 people to go through. and in the weeks before the september 11th attacks, unarmed libyan guards working at the consulate were warned by family members to quit their jobs, because of, quote, rumors in the community of an impending attack. those are just a few of the 13 things that darrell issa listed. and he also included this major allegation. according to issa, multiple u.s. federal government officials have confirmed to the committee that prior to the september 11th attacks, the u.s. mission in libya made repeated requests for increased security in benghazi. the mission in libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in washington. the state department has responded to darrell issa's letter. here is spokes
this historic period of transition in your -- in libya. we understand why christopher stevens went to libya, his passion for the country and his mission. he believes no talent is too big our too hard in our national security or value is at stake. that is what is in stake at the best at stake in libya. we will do our best to answer your -- that is what is at stake in libya. we will do our best to answer your questions. there may be information that is classified and can only be dealt with in classified sessions. as secretary clinton has said. the american people expect that the family who lost loved ones -- families who lost loved ones deserve an accurate accounting. we lost friends and colleagues, a cross section of those who put their lives on the line every day. in the inherently dangerous work of diplomatic service to our nation. the secretary has already appointed a review board and is working to determine if our security systems and procedures where appropriate in light of the threat environment and whether they were properly implemented. the secretary has asked us to work as quickly and tr
.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stevens. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is live in washington. what are we expecting to come out of this hearing, or what are we expecting to happen during the hearing, kat catherine. >> reporter: we have the statement for the records of the four witnesses, they are the chief points of contact the decision makers if you will for security in benghazi. whether it was diplomatic or military security. we are waiting for the hearing to begin led by congressmen chaffetz and ice satisfactory. 230 security-related incidents in libya in the year up to the attack and a short time ago chairman issa was not ruling out calling secretary of state hillary clinton to explain what happened but today begins with the whistle-blowers. >> you never take it off the table but it could go sideways, it could go to the white house, to the fbi, there are a lot of places that people and places that had to fail in order for this terrible tragedy to occur. >> reporter: what we're expecting today is a lot of attention on an email that was written by a senior mem
.s. ambassador chris stevens, gets seriously heated. details next. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. breaking news this morning out of the middle east p.. a yemeni security official that worked at the u.s. embassy was shot and killed in sanaa today. a u.s. official believed to be in his 50s was reportedly on his way to work when he was gunned down in a motorcycle attack. an editor at "the yemen post" in sanaa tells nbc news the ambush had all the hallmarks of an al qaeda-style attack. >>> back here at home, vice president joe biden and republican rival paul ryan prepare to square off tonight in kentucky in their one and only debate. new poll numbers show the current vp has his work cut out for him. according to a new survey from the pew center, just 39% of registered voters view biden favorably compared to 44% who favor ryan. when it comes to predicting the winner of tonight's debate, 40% of registered voters say ryan will come out on top, while 34% think biden will prevail. nbc's tracie potts is joining us from washington with a preview of the debat
in will he be why. 4 americans were killed including ambassador christopher stevens on september 11. today clinton said communication was confusing that night. last month. ultimately the security decisions were hers to make. >> i take responsibility. i'm in charge of the state department. 60,000 plus people all over the world. 275 posts. the president and the vice president certainly wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. >>reporter: the group responsible for the attack may connected to al qaeda. today the white house launched drones in north after can to track them down. >> well, secretary clinton will not be among those attend ago public memorial forum ambassador stevens tomorrow in san francisco. his memorial will be held in the rotunda at san francisco city hall at 4:30 p.m. senator feinstein and libya ambassador to the u.s. are expected to attend. stevens grew up in piedmont and graduate from uc berkeley and hastings school of law. strong bay area tie that's why the memorial is being held here. >>> tv and voice your vote p
in alameda, allie rasmous, account news. >>> a rally for scheduled at city hall this afternoon for stevens. he was one of four americans killed during the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. stevens glue up in the bay area, graduated from piedmont high school. the memorial is scheduled to begin at 4:30 in the city hall rotunda but the setup is already underway. this is from this morning. team coverage is today on account channel 2 news at 5:00. we'll also stream it live on ktvu.com. again the public is invited. >>> meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton is taking responsibility for security at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the obama administration has been criticized for reportedly denying requests for increased security at the consulate prior to the attack. secretary clinton says she has appointed an independent panel to investigate the attack on the conse. >>> san francisco giants heading to the midwest now. bound for st. louis where they will play game three of the national league championship series tomorrow. new at noon, kristen is live at sfo where the g
stopped to tell the stevens their yard sign was on fire. >> monday morning there was a huge fireball in my front yard. there was a knock on the door. >> reporter: the stevens are romney supporters. she took a few snapshots of what was left of their 4 by 8- foot romney sign in their front yard. >> there's political signs up and down the street. it is disheartening and sad that somebody would choose to do this. shame on them. freedom of speech, what's wrong with them? >> reporter: this is a friendly leesburg street where neighbors have differing views both democratic and republican signs put up. sure, a few spines have been stolen, but -- signs have been stolen, but never have they heard of one burning down. >> she has strong political beliefs. she's a good friend and definitely has the right to put her signs up in her yard. >> reporter: stevens has since put up a much smaller sign. >> it's just nasty. it's wrong. >> reporter: in leesburg, surae chinn, 9 news now. >>> there is sad news out of hawaii tonight where a veteran who captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands around the world
of christopher stevens develop in a major scandal for president obama? evidence is mounting that the white house was not forth coming about the murder. we will have the inside story. >> your polling agency is convinced that florida, north carolina and virginia are going to go for romney? >> that's right. >> bill: major polling agency pulling out of some key swing states, saying president obama is certain to lose there. does karl rove believe that? he will be here. >> that line were crossed by iran and they were very close, you wouldn't oppose military action to stop their nuclear program? >> i wouldn't oppose military action. but the question is where the line is. >> bill: ben affleck has a new movie about iran causing controversy. he will visit as well. caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone. "the factor" begins right now. >> bill: hi. i'm bill o'reilly. will libya become a major scandal fort obama administration? that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. today a house committee held hearings on the giant screwup that occurred immediately after our ambassador to libya
and the vehicle mountain weapons. these were the weapons used to kill stevens and three other americans on 9/11. >> the fall of gaddafi after four decades of authoritarian rule led to disbursal of tens of thousands of small and heavy weapons and lawlessness. al-qaeda affiliated group, including al-qaeda in the aqim and other extremist groups are likely to take advantage of the ongoing political turmoil in libya. he added the u.s. government remained concern such individuals and groups may use libya as platform from which to conduct attacks in the region. >> there are two aspects to look at. one leading up to the attack. or a cover up or gross incompetence following it. >> state department spokesman told me the secretary of state will fully address these matters only after the department interim review board has submitted its findings on benghazi. congressman cummings of maryland lashed out at chairman issa accusing issa of promoting the most negative and distorted view. >> bret: joinbe me later tonight for a special investigation, death and deceit in benghazi. you can see it at 10:00 p.m. ea
stevens sent repeated cable to washington about security fears, even on september 1-11, the day he and three others were killed. why did the white house wait so long? what impact will the new documents have in the final debate? >> they're going to impact the final result. certainly it will be part of the final debate. look, now -- the president wants to play semantics on this, whether you put a word here or word there. fundamentally the mistake this administration made was trying to pretend and tell the world that terrorism was quelled in north africa and across the dangerous spots of the world. it's rampant and reared its ugly head and the administration is trying to hide that. when poor embassador stevens sent cables saying it's real, it's here, they shoved him under the table. shame on the president and shame on the state department. >> can we expect mitt romney to be aggressive about the benghazi it attack and ask about the video? >> i don't know what he's going to ask him but i will say he was kind of shocked when the president lied about having referred to the attack at a rea
to the 9/11 attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. this is just over four hours. >> the committee will come to order. would you please take your seats? perhaps most appropriately today and the oversight committee mission statement reads "we exist to secure two fundamental principles. first, that americans have a right to know that the money washington takes from them is well spent. second, americans deserve an efficient, effective government that works for them. our duty on the oversight and government reform committee is to protect these rights. solemn responsibility is to hold government accountable to taxpayers, because taxpayers have a right to know what they get from their government. so it's our job to work tirelessly in partnership with citizen watchdogs, delivered the facts to the american people, and bring genuine reform to the federal bureaucracy." this is the mission of the government oversight and reform committee. on september 11, 2012, careful you are brave americans serving their country were murdered by terr
daily with ambassador christopher stevens to discuss security. was he concerned about security? >> he was. he was constantly concerned about the threats to not just himself, but the entire staff there. >> reporter: was there what you saw as a visible security drawdown during the period of time you were in libya? >> yes. and it began just shortly after i arrived. there was pressure to reduce the number of security people there. >> reporter: pressure from where? >> higher headquarters at state department. >> reporter: over six months leading up to the attack on ambassador stevens, woods says the security situation in libya deteriorated. there were 13 threats or attacks in tripoli and benghazi. wood says ambassador stevens and his staff made the case for tightened security in e-mails and diplomatic cables, but one by one, lost three state department security teams, their only airplane and eventually woods' squad, too. did ambassador stevens or the regional security officer fight losing another team? >> yes. >> reporter: do you feel like there was a disconnect between what you saw on the
and that night four americans lost their lives, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. tonight, new revelations about the terrorists, the ferocity of their attack and new questions about whether life-saving security was denied. abc's jake tapper has details. >> reporter: that horrifying night in benghazi had former security officials in libya today condemning their superiors for denying their requests for more security agents. >> i asked for 12 agents. his response to that was, "you're asking for the sun, moon and the stars." >> reporter: eric nordstrom, the former security officer at the u.s. embassy in libya, today recalled his biggest frustration as being the state department. >> it's dealing and fighting against the people, programs and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me. for me, the taliban is on the inside of the building. >> reporter: nordstrom suspected the denials for more security were rooted in a fear of making libya seem more unstable. but a state department official denied any politics were at play. >> i have directly served six secretaries of state, democratic and repu
. newly released state department documents show that ambassador stevens was worried about the security prediction saying in june that the violence was likely to continue and worsen. they were made public by darrell issan. a letter to presume a they write, quote, not only did the administration reject her requests for increased security despite escalating violence and to decrease the existing cat gory to dangerous and ineffective levels. we were told that the administration did this to effectuate a policy of normalization in libya after the conclusion of the civil war and the obama administration said there was no evident suggesting the attack was imminent and some republicans -- democrats say republicans are trying to take political advantage of the attack. >> do you think that it's a coincidence that two days before a national debate on foreign policy, congressman issa releases the documents? i mean this is pure politics pure and simple and the american -- looked better. >> reporter: mccain, graham, and ayotte sent a second letter, again, asking them to clarify what they told the admi
efforts to rescue chris stevens from a safe-haven inside the building. >> reporter: the u.s. compound in benghazi now sits empty and abandoned. if the men who attacked these buildings on september 11th used heavy weapons there's few signs. over every window there's evidence of the billowing smoke that killed four americans. inside post it notes cling to the blackened wall left behind by fbi investigators who finally made it to this crime seen for a single day last week. cell phone video from the night of the attack shows the fire burning as looters swarmed over the compound. now a blanket of soot covers the ruins but investigators will be looking closely for evidence to show who set the blaze. this heavy sealed security gate seals the sleeping quarters behind me off from the rest of the consulate building. it's double locked from the inside. probably by the people who took refuge in here that night. among them ambassador chris stevens. the space includes the ambassador's own bedroom. it was set up to be a secure retreat from attacks. note the barred windows all around. that night it t
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